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Google Data Liberation Group Seeks To Unlock Data

legirons Re:Exporting the data is only half the battle. (167 comments)

All your mashups are belong to us!

Seriously, trace all you like on google maps (in your geography lessons, at work, in your council meetings) because we're going to take all your data and put adverts on it.

regards, Ed.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Data Liberation Group Seeks To Unlock Data

legirons and the street photos? (167 comments)

so how about doing something useful with all those aerial/street photos (like letting openstreetmap trace them, rather than have them sitting unused hoping someone at googleplex will find a way to paste ads on the pics before they become out-of-date)

more than 4 years ago
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UK Plans To Link Criminal Records To ID Cards

legirons Re:If you cannot riot, democracy is lost (359 comments)

The "If you have nothing to hide" lobby are missing an important point. We don't live in a full democracy. If we did, there would be no problem.

The difficulty lies in the fact that we have a tiered democracy (don't call it 'representative', it isn't.) We vote only for the people who will take the actual decisions; we have no say over the legislation itself. That system allows rich individuals and organisations to influence our 'representatives' far more effectively than our puny vote does.

it's worse than that - we vote for the people (MPs) who vote for the people (cabinet) who take the actual decisions. Who then appoint people like Mandy and Suralan (and the quangos of course) to actually decide policy.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Plans To Link Criminal Records To ID Cards

legirons Re:Well, we all know what to do... (359 comments)

The Pirate Party are the only ones serious about challenging ID cards; the tories are just making noises about it for political gain.

The Lib Dems and Greens are also strongly opposed to 'em, and both are more likely to be in a position to be able to assert power and do something about it. I fear the Pirate Party's obsession with 'free (gratis) stuff' also blinds them to the harm it'll do to Free (libre) software.

Free Software has always been at the forefront of Pirate Party policy, and when RMS speaks, the PPUK listens carefully and is careful to ensure that any proposed copyright reform will strengthen Free Software

(e.g. I think the current copyright reform idea from Pirate Party UK is that extended copyright should be conditional on source-code being held in escrow, for release upon expiry of the exclusivity period)

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Blames 'External Forces' For Exploding iPhones

legirons Re:Not quite (383 comments)

I think it's simpler than that, they literally mean "a force has been applied to the device from outside causing it to fail", i.e. it was dropped or struck.

isn't that particular force applied to all iphones, most of the time?

more than 4 years ago
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Fear of Porn URL Exposure Discourages Firefox 3 Upgrade

legirons Re:Simple Answer (673 comments)

Use different browsers for different purposes.

For example, use Google Chrome for your porn browsing, and then Firefox for your legit browsing.

In other words... Don't cross the streams!!

or better: run the same browser as different usernames. Then your normal account can't even access the data from the porn-browsing account. (especially when desktop-search or spotlight will happily index bookmarks from every browser installed)

more than 4 years ago
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Fear of Porn URL Exposure Discourages Firefox 3 Upgrade

legirons Re:HistoryBlock (673 comments)

History Block fixes this problem very nicely. It let's you setup a block list of urls that should not appear in the history.

The only thing more incriminating than that plugin's config file... is coding the plugin itself and writing "I frequent less-than-reputable websites while at work" in its release-notes

more than 4 years ago
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Fear of Porn URL Exposure Discourages Firefox 3 Upgrade

legirons Re:Umm .... (673 comments)

They'd still have to type them in, and then when you start typing "bigblackcollanders.com", the wrong URL might come up in the suggestions...

Really the solution is a Chrome-like incognito mode, which I thought the new FF had, but i dunno.
-Taylor

It does: "Tools -> Start Private Browsing" (cmd-shift-P) (new in v3.5)

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Trial Misconduct Cost $40 Million

legirons Re:MvP (231 comments)

If you were trying to sue someone for violating your patent, where would you rather do it: A jurisdiction very friendly to patents, or one that is hostile to patents?

one that's where your office is, of course!

why are you allowed to pick remote locations to have a trial anyway? Isn't that like me suing you for publishing an atheist text in canada, and deciding that we should hold the trial under Iranian laws?

more than 4 years ago
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Dell Says High Linux Netbook Returns a "Non-Issue"

legirons Re:Dell UK. () (324 comments)

Or you can, you know, do it yourself.

Thanks, but I don't want to add to the stats showing number of people who "want" Windows.

more than 4 years ago
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Dell Says High Linux Netbook Returns a "Non-Issue"

legirons Re:Dell UK. () (324 comments)

I suppose ... if I'd wanted to phone them up, and if I'd been willing to spend the time arguing, I could probably have got my preloaded Ubuntu system.
Instead, I thought "sod it" and order an Acer instead.

I do wonder if Dell are aware of they shenanigans going on at their UK subsidiary sometimes. Operating system evangelism is all very well, but this is costing them sales, you know?

That's pretty much how I remember Dell. All I wanted was a decent PC but with KDE and not Windows. Ubuntu wasn't available at all for 'business' machines (i.e. not pink laptops), and if I wanted RedHat I could phone them up and ask for a quote (i.e. no special offers). No thanks, I'll go for a company with linux PCs on their front page.

They must know how to preinstall different OS easily, since every Dell PC has a big long list of Windows options.

more than 4 years ago
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Will Your Credit Report Disqualify You For a Job?

legirons Re:I'm vaguely appalled (513 comments)

The whole idea behind credit reports being used for anything other than whether or not you should be extended credit leaves me sickened.

In fact, if you get paid in arrears, or if you put anything on expenses, then it's you who is lending to your employer. So need to do the credit check on them!

more than 4 years ago
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MS — Dropping IE6 Support "Not an Option"

legirons the push (374 comments)

"The software giant has been pushing IE6 and IE7 users to move to IE8 ever since it arrived in March 2009"

Pushing is an understatement. Last time I checked, it was a critical security error (red warning icon on the taskbar) to have not installed their browser.

more than 4 years ago
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US Cell Phone Plans Among World's Most Expensive

legirons Re:Stupid prices (827 comments)

Did you happen to know that Pharma spends more for advertising in the US than R&D?

How about we get like almost every other country in the world, and ban prescription drug advertising, that would cut down on their costs dramatically, and make drugs cheaper for everyone.

wasn't there a good groklaw article on the subject just today?

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20090809231252693

more than 4 years ago
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Voting Machine Attacks Proven To Be Practical

legirons Re:Not a Bug (225 comments)

I've worked as an elections inspector (poll worker) in the state of New York for the last five years. Every aspect of the machine (both the old style lever machines and the new optical scanning machines) that could be tampered with is sealed with numbered tamper evident devices. If the numbers on the seals don't match up with the records retained by the Board of Elections then you know the machine has been tampered with. This isn't rocket science people.

and then what happens? do you count its votes (knowing they might be faked) or not (somoene can remove your vote by cutting the seal)

more than 4 years ago
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China's Response To the Internet Addiction Death

legirons Re:Let's recap (250 comments)

Except it turns out that the illness was real, and in fact they argued in court (and that was why they were acquitted) that the kid died of the disease not of the punching and kicking received.

That argument seems to have got more popular recently..

more than 4 years ago
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GM Gets To Dump Its Polluted Sites

legirons Re:Both GM and Chrysler were handle poorly (336 comments)

Please learn the differences among "their" and "there" and "they're" before you decide you're going to tell us a thing or two. It's your native fucking language so quit being so silly.

she wrote something informative but misspelled (while clearly understandable). You however are a waste of bandwidth. Journalists who can clearly trace and describe the theft of hundreds of billions of dollars are more important than reviewers who can spellcheck.

more than 4 years ago
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Tesla Motors Turns a Profit For the First Time

legirons Re:'profit' can mean different things (248 comments)

This should be taken with a bit of skepticism. There's a difference between positive cash flow (more cash coming in than going out), positive net income (what most people think of as 'profit') and positive EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, or profit from operations). TFA doesn't mention which Tesla is reporting.

It's not "positive cash flow while being given $465 million" then?

more than 4 years ago
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Windows Drains MacBook's Battery; Who's To Blame?

legirons Re:Doubt it's the "bloated codebase" (396 comments)

Bloat doesn't magically appear when you put an Apple logo on something.

Have you ever used Apple produced software (iTunes, Quicktime, etc.) on Windows? Or noticed their memory requirements on their own OS?

Not that MS is necessarily any better, but, yeah, Apple is one of the Triumvirate of Bloat for consumer software, in my not-so-humble opinion. The sit in their little triangular table with MS and Adobe.

Like 90MB of updates each month for an MP3 player? (itunes) I'm pretty sure that zinf is less than 1/20 that size total, and "just works" (TM)

more than 4 years ago

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